Well, it’s been teased and discussed, and even some have purchased down in Houston, but here’s the Lab Tracker Workbook, First Edition. I’m really horrible at self-promotion, so excuse the choppiness of this introduction.
This is a work-in-progress, of course. As updates come out, I’ll work out a way to get those out to people for as reasonable of a price as possible.
The book is a hard cover, 3-ring binder to make it easy to add pages and inserts as desired. I’ve supplied some of the basic “bones” but I encourage you to make this workbook as much YOURS as you need it to be so you’ll actually use it.
The Lab Tracker Workbook contains basic information about post WLS supplementation for all surgery types, lists of suggested lab draws with current CPT codes, and common bariatric nutritional deficiencies explained in detail. However, the most important part of this workbook are the lab tracking sheets given for over 30 individual tests. These sheets give basic information about each test, how it is drawn (fasting, light-protected, while seated, etc.), adult range, and low/high reasons pertinent to the WLS community. In addition to the information, most sheets include a chart to visually track trends in the labs to see if the numbers are going up, staying the same, or trending downwards.
Additionally, there is a small glossary and reference section, with blank tracking sheets for additional space or for labs not included (You have lupus? Need a pesky CH50 drawn? Wanna keep that with all your other labs? Here ya go. Make copies as needed.)
While this certainly is not a perfect guide, I believe it is a first step for us patients to become more self-aware of our health and take charge of it. Knowledge is power, and all that.
To my European / Canadian friends – I’ve not forgotten you! I’ll come up with a guide in SI units shortly for you so no conversion is needed on your part.
Cost is $25 with shipping and handling via USPS for $12.00. Contact me directly for multiple copies as shipping will change. Link to purchase is here.